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Can you have GAD and panic disorder?

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I have lots of worries about the future and I also have panic attacks. When I look up the anxiety disorders, it seems I don't just fit one, but a couple of them. I wonder if I can have both GAD and panic disorder at the same time?
asked Aug 13, 2015 in GAD by anonymous
edited Aug 13, 2015 by drcarlo

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Yes, you can have GAD (generalized anxiety disorder) and panic disorder at the same time. Anxiety disorders are highly comorbid with each other, meaning different anxiety disorders can occur at the same time.

The defining characteristics for GAD is excessive worrying about everyday events, restlessness, low energy, muscle tension, sleep disturbance, irritability, and poor concentration. And these symptoms for GAD are chronic, and last most of the day, most days of the week.

Panic disorder is marked by discrete episodes of panic attacks. You also have anticipatory anxiety from waiting for the next panic attack to occur. With panic disorder, you may also develop agoraphobia, which is a fear of having a panic attack and not being able to get help or to escape while away from home.
answered Aug 13, 2015 by drcarlo (295,840 points)
selected Sep 20, 2015 by drcarlo